This first item may seem to be a ‘no-brainer’ but please do not fail to
consider it carefully. Not just the immediate need, but all of the
things that it may be used for, now and in the future. Planning ahead now
means that you will be prepared when the need arises next month, next
year, or a few years from now. A little extra expense now can save a small
fortune down the road.
This item is related to the above. Before answering this
question, think about what answers you gave to the ‘use question’ above.
If you think that you need 800 square feet for your immediate use and that
next year or in two years you will want another 200 square feet,
purchasing the extra 200 square feet now will save a huge amount of money
down the road if you have to remove an end-wall and purchase a small
amount of additional wall and ceiling and then re-install the end-wall.
Adding on would disrupt the use of your metal building and it seldom looks
like it was an original part of the building.
There are a number of pre-fab metal building types available to you.
This item is an article – or a number of articles – in itself! There are
specific benefits for each of the types of metal buildings that you need
to consider. Check out our articles page for specific articles related to
Prefab Metal Building Kit types.
Each type of metal building kit has a wide variety of available
accessories. However, if you don’t ask for accessories that you would like
to include in your new pre-fab building, you will not receive them.
Man doors, overhead doors, sliding doors, windows, roof skylights,
insulation, insulation trim kits, mezzanines, extra design loading for
crane beams and rails or hoist points, roof penetration flashings… The
list is almost limitless. Now keep in mind that not all metal building
suppliers offer all of the accessories, but you need to ask to make sure
that the building is designed to accommodate these items if bought
separately. (The need for design loading for roof hung/supported equipment
cranes etc. is imperative. These buildings are often economized meaning
that there is no extra loading capacity included.)
Once you have done your homework and have a building size, type, shape
and accessories decided upon, it’s time to get quotes. Notice that I said
quote’s’. To do a proper comparison, you will need at least three quotes.
And these quotes should all be quoting ‘apples to apples’.
When you have received the pre-fab building quotes, do a very careful
analysis of each of them. Check what is included in each package – just
because you asked for a series of roof skylights does not mean that the
supplier has included them. Compare the quotes that you have received. Get
pricing on the items that the supplier has not included from another
source and add this to your supplier’s quote. Ensure that shipping to your
site has been included. If not, get a quote from a local carrier (or
three). Now you should be able to compare ‘apples to apples’.
If you are considering this, figure out what equipment you will
require. Each of the
prefab metal building types have different requirements for
erection. Get the equipment and rentals quoted. Come up with a total cost
for this item and analyze it along with your anticipate labour and perhaps
labor cost for helpers. You may decide at this point to get pricing form
an installation contractor (or three).
Now this is a loaded question. The best answer is when you are ready
and comfortable making the purchase decision. Being comfortable may
include a telephone call to the supplier and getting that ‘fuzzy’ feeling
about the company or sales-person/technical representative. You may also
want to see one or two of the metal buildings that have been erected in
your area. Are there better times in terms of cost? Some manufacturers do
run sales from time to time. However, beware of ‘annual’ sales. If a
manufacturer is extremely busy in the winter – for example – they have no
need to offer special pricing. They may in this case offer one specific
stripped down building as a special. However, 99.9% of the population
could not use this building because of the light structural design, size
etc. And by the time you get that building up to the size and structural
design you require, there is no particular extra savings. On the other
hand, if the manufacturing plant has little or no work coming up,
manufacturers will offer special pricing just to keep the plant operating.
I know that I’m not much help here, but it is really an economic-times
type of question.1
Of course, this is closely related to the ‘when to by’ and the
quoting process. However having said that, here is a quick guideline. Work
backwards from when you would like to start erecting your building – that
is that the site is prepared, the foundations are in and backfilled level.
(You will need a level working area to install your metal building.)
Depending on the manufacturer, the fabrication time can be 4 to 6 weeks.
From the start of the engineering process through your acceptance of the
design drawings, it can take up to 10 weeks (this item is where many of
the engineered steel buildings get ‘bottle-necked’). The quoting and
assessment process can take from 2 to 4 weeks. Your research and planning
time is up to you. So, assuming that you wish to start the erection of
your new prefab metal building kit on May 01, you should have your
research completed and be starting the quoting process by the middle of
December or about 20 weeks to be safe. Many of the manufacturers offer a
‘fast-tracking’ of the design and fabrication process but this can be
risky in that you are not able to accept or make changes to the design
before it goes to fabrication.
One final note: Make sure that you have a comfort level with the
supplier, manufacturer, or contractor that you are dealing with. This will
make the whole process MUCH more stress-free. If you plan your project
well and answer the questions above to your satisfaction, you can be
assured that you have made the correct well-informed decision for your
prefabricated metal building
What to Do Next
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